Climate change is the theme of a two-day South East Asian regional meeting starting on Thursday in the Philippine capital, Manila, organized by the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC). The July 2-3 meeting at the Pope Pius XII Pastoral Center, Manila, is being organized by the Climate Change Desk (CCD) and the Office of Human Development (OHD) of FABC in cooperation with Misereor. Representatives from the Indonesian and the Philippines Episcopal commissions for Justice and Peace/Development and those who are involved in the mitigation and adaptation of climate change measures are taking part in the meeting, which will also include discussions on Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘Laudato Si” on ecology. The Manila seminar aims to promote a collective Asian Church's response on climate change and to establish a Climate Change Desk in every Episcopal Conference in Asia.
The FABC is one of the signatories to the Continental Bishops' statement on Climate Change presented to the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), held in Lima, Peru, in December last year. The continental gathering of bishops was organized by the Peruvian Bishops' Conference in Lima on December 5, 2014 to join the effort of world leaders (COP 20) gathered for the signing of a legally binding climate agreement in Paris in 2015. FABC was represented by Bishop Theotonius Gomes, auxiliary bishop of Dhaka (Emeritus), Bangladesh. Bishop Gomes also delivered the Message of the Interfaith Summit on Climate Change to the assembly. (Source: FABC)
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